Snarlin’ Arlen is giving Martha (Marsha) Coakley a run for her money in the worst candidate evah contest.
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The first time Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) slipped up here Tuesday night at the Allegheny County Democratic Committee’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, most in the audience pretended not to notice.
But at the end of his remarks when Specter again thanked the “the Allegheny County Republicans” for their endorsement, many couldn’t help but laugh nervously and shoot did-he-really-just-say-that looks at each other.
As amusing as it seemed to some of the Democrats in attendance, mistakes like that could end up costing him his job next Tuesday. It’s not that Specter is so precariously placed that he can’t weather the occasional gaffe, it’s that every little reminder of the 80-year-old’s Republican past chips away at his porcelain base in his new party.
“I think it’s not unusual for anybody to misspeak from time to time,” Specter shrugged to reporters after the dinner. “I’m not a television commentator. I’m not as smooth as you guys.”
No word on whether he called Terry Bradshaw a Patriots fan.
UPDATE: Specter is not having a good 48 hours. He just snipped at Andrea Mitchell for asking why Obama is not coming to Pennsylvania to “help” his campaign.
Via Matt Lewis’ Twitter feed:
“How can you even ask that question seriously, Andrea?” – Specter pushing back at Andrea Mitchell’s q’s about why Obama isn’t coming to PA.
Um, maybe because doesn’t want to be 0-4 when it comes to campaigning for losers?